CLINTON - Clinton Power Station operators shut down the plant Tuesday morning for maintenance work.
The plant, east of Clinton, stopped producing electricity at 3:40 a.m. to allow workers to replace a small flexible hose that had developed a steam leak, said Bruce Paulsen, spokesman for the Clinton Power Station.
Station operators are not allowed to replace the hose while the unit is working because it's too dangerous, Paulsen said.
"Of course, we want to get the plant back up, but our first priority is safety," he said. The plant will return to service after the hose is replaced. Paulsen could not comment on how long the shutdown will last or how much the repair will cost.
Repair work is not major since the hose was not on a main power line, Paulsen said. The hose was on an instrument line, which is connected to a main steam line.
The Clinton Power Station is owned by AmerGen Energy Co., which is owned by Exelon Corp. Exelon distributes electricity to about 5.4 million customers in Northern Illinois and Pennsylvania.